Composites supplier inks deal with Sicomin

By Bobby Jordan
Mon Jul 17 2017, 16:19 PM

Aerontec will supply the South African market with Sicomin products

South African composite materials supplier Aerontec and French epoxy specialists Sicomin have signed a distribution agreement to supply the South African market with Sicomin products, effective immediately.

Sicomin plans to initially target the South African boatbuilding sector, the company says in a press release posted on its website. “We are confident Aerontec’s superb sales experience in the region, combined with a prompt and reliable distribution service, will appeal to many marine manufacturers,” said Philippe Marcovich, Sicomin’s president.

Sicomin is a leading formulator of high-performance epoxy resin systems. Cape Town-based Aerontec is a composite materials supplier since 2002, with a list of projects including work on South Africa's Antarctic Expedition Base, the British Antarctic Base, and South Africa's Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope in the Karoo.

Sicomin also participated in a three-day French boatbuilding trade delegation to South Africa earlier this month hosted by Business France. The delegation comprised 11 French marine companies, including component and boat manufacturers. The aim was to generate “business and investment opportunities with South African companies in the form of partnerships, joint ventures and sales,” Sicomin said in their press release. The group heard presentations from the South African Boat Builders Export Council.

Earlier this year South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) confirmed plans to collaborate with France in the composite manufacturing, a move welcomed by South Africa's newly-established composites cluster. The move followed trade and investment discussions between South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and the new French Ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, during a meeting in Cape Town. “South Africa is new in composite manufacturing while France is the leader in the sector,” the DTI said in a statement at the time.

The South African government recently approved financial backing for an ambitious composites manufacturing hub that will benefit the boatbuilding sector in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.